As the end of 2021 continues to draw closer and closer, businesses and social media owners generally are looking at ways of engaging users and their audience at the same time reminding them how far they have come. Photo and video-sharing social networking platform – Instagram introduces a fun way to see year-in-review. The company has launched a new “Playback” feature that helps users recap up to 10 of their top stories for the year 2021. The company believes that the new Playback feature gives users an easy way to reflect on 2021.
According to Instagram, the new Playback tool which users have indeed started to engage with will be a limited-time feature. The company disclosed that the feature would only be available only for the next several weeks. Given that everyone would be celebrating the New Year soon, we would all have to start making new memories.
According to a message from Instagram, a message at the top of user feeds will pop inviting them to view their 2021Playback. The company explains that “To help you look back on your special moments this year, we created a Playback from your 2021 stories. You can choose to add or remove stories before sharing.” So that means if Instagram Playback includes a story that you don’t necessarily want to be reminded of for some reason, it’s easy to remove and swap it out with another. Although the feature automatically generates the Playback year-in-review, users are in control by adding and removing stories as they see fit.
According to The Verge, while Playback is likely to be popular, especially with power Instagram users who want to re-promote their favorite Stories, and it’s a bit puzzling that Instagram hasn’t embraced a simpler end-of-year feature that’s been popular in the past: the “top nine” photo grid.
Third-party apps have offered variations of the top nine end-of-year photo grid to Instagram users for several years, but often at the cost of personal info like email addresses. Instagram has built-in tools to let users create photo grids, but so far hasn’t offered a year-in-review version. Even Facebook, part of the same parent company as Instagram, offers an automated look-back video (whether users want one or not).
The company seemingly believes that because of its focus on stories the new Playback feature is better in stories compared to having the Instagram year-end feature in the feed posts. The new Playback feature has rolled out, users are encouraged to engage with it. Again, you’ll see the Instagram year-end feature at the top of your feed, most possibly the next time you open the Instagram app on iOS or Android.
This is one of several features the photo and video sharing social networking platform has rolled out this year. Recently Instagram added a new feature that urges teens to take breaks from the platform while announcing other tools aimed at protecting young users from harmful content on the platform. The feature has already rolled out in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, expected to reach the rest of the world in the coming year. Also, Instagram disclosed that the chronological feed option will return back on its platform. This was made known by the head of the Meta-owned app, Adam Mosseri when he stood before the Senate panel to give his testimony on harms done to young people using the Instagram platform.